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Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Michael Thomas-Poulsen

Associate Professor

I am interested in the evolutionary origin and stability of symbioses, including conflict and cooperation within beneficial symbiotic associations (mutualisms). My work focuses on population genetics, host-symbiont interactions, and the coevolutionary history of fungus-growing insect-microbe associations.

I did my PhD at the Department of Population Biology (Copenhagen University) from 2002-2005 with the focus being on conflict and cooperation in fungus-growing ant-fungus and -bacteria symbioses.

In 2005, I moved to the US, where I was a post-doc in Prof. Cameron Currie's lab at the Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison ( The primary focus during my tenure there was antibiotika-producing bacteria associated with fungus-growing ants.

In October 2010 I returned to Denmark to initiate a project funded by a four-year fellowship (STENO) from The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation. My lab has expanded since then, both in number of people, but also in focus areas. For more information, see my full Curriculum Vitae and publication list.

If you are interested in my work or a potential collaboration, you are always very welcome to contact me (

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